Douglas A. Karson

"Pursuing truth through colour, balance, and line.
Embracing the best in humanity through art and connections.
Loving life and seeking to share that joy."

Portrait of a Poet - Priscilla Andersohn - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm

Douglas Karson is an American-born artist living and working in Bristol, UK. Self-taught, his practice incorporates storytelling, poetry and ink on paper with a particular focus on painting. Bold colour, geometry and a sensitivity to line and balance characterize his paintings, which are informed by personal and spiritual philosophies. His ongoing series, THE RULES, uses elements from Greco-Roman philosophy, Chinese mythology, Yogic theory and Hindi philosophy to formulate a process of painting-as-manifesto, or manifesto-as-painting. A rigid formal framework and methodology engender infinite potential outcomes, each a cross-cultural message suffused with subtle politics.

Douglas believes passionately in creating and nurturing artist communities. Douglas has participated in and organised over 30 group and solo exhibitions internationally in the UK and the United States.

Portrait of a Poet - Stephanie Kempson - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm
Portrait of a Poet - Danny Pandolfi - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm
Portrait of a Poet - Conor Ryan McLeod - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm
Portrait of a Poet - Andy Brown - Ink and collage on Bristol board A2 420 x 594 mm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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